Inscribed Photograph of the Ink Spots

[Circa 1940].

Price: $500.00

8" x 10" black and white photograph of the Ink Spots performing. Lightly worn with one small chip, else near fine. Inscribed by Orville "Hoppy" Jones: "From one Bass to another Keep Swingin Benny/ From Hoppy of Ink Spots." He has also labeled the other three members of the group. Jones, a founding member of the band who was known for playing his cello upright in the manner of a stand-up bass and speaking, mid-song, to it as his "Honey Child." He collapsed on stage in 1944 and died the same day. The Ink Spots were one of the first African-American vocal groups to achieve popularity and acceptance by mainstream white audiences, and were extremely influential in the later development of rhythm and blues, 1950s rock and roll, and doo-wop. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989.

Item #53069

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Inscribed Photograph of the Ink Spots. Hoppy JONES.